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Devin Moran Claims Best Finish of Season
Series Next Stop: LoneStar Speedway in Kilgore, TX on Sunday, March 26
LITTLE ROCK, AR- March 25, 2017- Due to a night of heavy rain hitting Little Rock, AR the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series event has been canceled.
“We, unfortunately, got too much rain last night and we are not going to have enough time today to dry out the pit area and we don’t want to have to tow rigs in-and-out,” said Tracey Clay, I-30 Speedway Promoter. “The track would be a little swampy but it would be bad-fast and a great race but we just don’t have enough time today to dry out the pits.”
The Series and the track are looking at potential future dates to reschedule the event. Any updated information regarding this event will be posted to the Late Model Series website as well as on I-30 Speedway’s website.
Donald Bradsher Lands First Career Quick Time
MERIDIAN, MS- March 25, 2017- The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series visited Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian, MS for the first time ever on March 24. A total of 45 Late Models appeared on the scene to test their luck and their skill at the House of Hook but it was ultimately Brandon Sheppard who took the checkers in the 50-lap feature and claimed his first Series win of the 2017 season.
Sheppard showed how consistent he and his Rocket crew will be this season as he placed fourth in qualifying and won his heat. Sheppard also struck a little bit of luck during the redraw as he pulled out wrench number one from the Craftsman tool box.
“I got to thank Mark [Richards] and all of the guys at Rocket for making this happen for me,” said Sheppard. “This is an awesome team and I am really excited for the rest of the year.”
First Stop in March at Whynot Motorsports Park
CONCORD, N.C.-March 14, 2017-The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series is gearing up to head back out on the road for the first time since the conclusion of DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park at the end of February. The first stop in March will be at Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian, Miss. on March 24 and it will be nothing less than an action-packed shootout.
In the past, when leaving the February jaunt the points gap has been pretty wide making it a catch-up game for the rest of the season for some but this season that is not the case. Only four points separate the first and second position in the championship points standing and only 28 points between first and fifth. That means one race can make it or break it for the point’s leader.
Headed into the Feature at Whynot Motorsports Park, Brandon Sheppard, and Rick Eckert will lead the way in the points race. Although we still have a long way until we reach the World of Outlaws World Finals every race counts towards the end of the season.
Schatz Dominates Outlaws’ Return to Lone Star State
TSR Arctic Cat/Ford Performance Team Scores Third Consecutive WoO Victory
Dates: Friday-Saturday, March 3-4, 2017
Series: World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series
Locations: Friday – LoneStar Speedway in Kilgore, Texas
Saturday – Gator Motorplex in Willis, Texas
Winners: Friday – Donny Schatz of Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing
Saturday – Postponed by Rain, rescheduled for April 13
TSR Results: Friday – Started 1st, Finished 1st/Running, completed 35 of 35 laps
TSR Points: Donny Schatz – (1st with 572 points, 20 points ahead of second-place Jason Johnson)
The incredibly hot start to begin the 2017 World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series campaign continued this past weekend for Tony Stewart-Curb Agajanian Racing (TSR) driver Donny Schatz and the Arctic Cat/Ford Performance-backed team with a clean sweep Friday night in the East Texas Lone Star Shootout at LoneStar Speedway in Kilgore, Texas. Schatz set the night’s quick time in qualifying, led every lap of his heat, scored a flag-to-flag win the Craftsman Club Dash and paced all 35 laps of the A-Feature to score his third consecutive victory aboard the TSR No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance J&J. The eight-time and reigning WoO champion was looking to add to his winning streak Saturday night at the Gator Motorplex in Willis, Texas, but rain forced WoO officials to reschedule the event for April 13.
“I say it all the time, but these guys who make up this Arctic Cat/Ford Performance team are simply incredible,” Schatz said following his team’s sixth victory in nine starts this season. “Tony (Stewart) has surrounded me with great people and I just go out every night and try to do my job the best I can. We haven’t been to this track in a while but, man, this place was fast tonight. I know in qualifying that we had a car that was really good and Rick (Warner), Scuba (Steve Swenson) and Brad (Mariscotti) just kept dialing it in. Starting up front helped and I just kept searching the track as the night went along. We knew as long as we got a good start in the feature and stayed patient everything would work out. I’m so happy to get another win for Arctic Cat. We spent some time at their National Sales Meeting in Minnesota earlier this week and everyone is so excited about the partnership we have. I couldn’t be prouder to be carrying the Arctic Cat brand and taking it to victory lane. The same goes for Ford Performance. They had a huge weekend winning the Daytona 500 last weekend and we’re excited about our future with them, as well. We can’t wait for the next race. This is a lot of fun.”
Event will resume Thursday as regularly scheduled with the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series and the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds
Brandon Overton and Shane Clanton Look Forward to Racing in Their Home State
Concord, N.C. – Feb. 16, 2017- The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series 2017 season opener at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga. is familiar terrain for Georgia natives Shane Clanton and Brandon Overton. The track is nearly a stone’s throw away from the drivers’ hometowns when considering the number of fans who traveled from 42 states last year to see the first green flag of the season at the red clay oval.
Overton grew up nearly two hours away in Evans, Ga. and began racing at Screven Motorsports Complex long before he or the track ever thought about running Late Models.
“The second time I ever drove a Late Model was at Screven,” said Overton. “Screven started out as a go-kart track, and I grew up racing go-karts there. I’ve been racing there since I was seven.”
CONCORD, N.C. – Jan. 13, 2017 – The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series gains a few new bruisers and everyone is gearing up for the season’s first shootout in 2017. The drivers and their crews will travel across familiar and unfamiliar terrain in hopes of keeping the title of the fastest guys around. The first real test for the traveling band will be a doubleheader at Screven Motorsports Complex and DIRTcar Nationals in February. With new names on the books for the 2017 season, anything could happen as we race toward World Finals in November.
Here are the guys we think you should put at the top of your Most Wanted list in 2017:
In 2017 Shane Clanton is going to show up at the ring-hungry to reclaim his title as World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Champion. To say Clanton is a seasoned driver is an understatement. He earned his first series win in 2004 and has been a committed World of Outlaws full-time driver since 2005. He earned his first championship title at the completion of the 2015 season. During his impressive 2015 season, Clanton saddled up and headed out with 10 wins, 34 top-five and 37 top-ten finishes of 43 total races. Clanton has placed second in the overall point standings three times, including the 2006, 2013 and 2016 seasons.
This past season, Clanton scored seven wins, 23 top-five and 32 top-ten finishes. At the 2016 season banquet after being overthrown by a newly crowned champion, Clanton pointed and said, “I’m coming for you next season.” Needless to say, Clanton may be the last guy showing any mercy on the track this season.
Calistoga Speedway Hosts World of Outlaws Sprint Cars
CONCORD, N.C. – Nov. 10, 2016 – The Wine Country Outlaw Showdown at Calistoga Speedway, which traditionally hosts the two-day event in April, has moved to September 15-16 in the 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series schedule. The Outlaws’ 26th year at the renowned half-mile will be a part of the the season’s fall western swing.
Last year’s Spring Wine Country Outlaw Showdown was stricken by Mother Nature, forcing the series to cancel their double-header event at the Calistoga Speedway. Predictable weather patterns in the Northern California area have spurred the Outlaws to move their date forward to the September time slot. This coming year, the World of Outlaws returns to Calistoga Speedway for an early-September race weekend for the first time since 2007.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming the Outlaws back in 2017,” said Chris Morgan event promoter. “Moving the race date back to September allows for more predictable weather patterns and returns a little bit of history to the track and the tour. With the date change we are planning many new exciting fan attractions surrounding this event. The Outlaws put on The Greatest Show on Dirt, and our hope is to be a great stop for the tour as they close out their western swing for the season.”
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CONCORD, N.C. – October 30, 2016 – After a hard fought weekend from Chris Madden it all paid off on the final night of the season finale when his No. 44 machine found its way into Victory Lane. Throughout the past three days at the Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals, Madden proved he was a strong contender as he remained in the front of the pack every time he took the track.
“When you’re fast the whole time there’s a little more pressure because you can’t slow it up. It’s not like being slow and trying to get better,” said Madden.
30-drivers from 15 different states across the country took to The Dirt Track at Charlotte for Saturday night’s 50-lap Craftsman Club Feature and it was anything but a Sunday afternoon drive to the grocery store as each driver battled it out from green-to-checkered. Many drivers found their way into the top-10 spots throughout the night and more than a handful danced in the top-5.
36-hour World of Outlaws package includes Late Model Series shows from the USA Nationals, and Sprint Car and Late Model shows from Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals
CONCORD, N.C. – Oct. 29 – CBS Sports is bringing dirt racing’s premiere series to a national television audience starting this Sunday, October 30, at 2PM, with two World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series shows from the USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, Wisconsin.
The World of Outlaws production team and DIRTvision.com will produce eight hours of television, including six broadcasts from the Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, North Carolina.
“The two World of Outlaws series travel the entire country,” said DIRTcar CEO Brian Carter, “but the opportunity for these great events, including our season championship, to be nationally televised on CBS Sports will make it even easier for dirt racing fans far and wide to enjoy the show even into the offseason as we gear up for next year.”
Richards Claims Win Number 18 on the 2016 Season
CONCORD, N.C. – Oct. 28, 2016- Josh Richards claims Friday Nights World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series Feature win at the 2016 Bad Boy Off Road World Finals. With one more series win in the books for 2016, Richards claims number 18 on the 2016 season setting the new World of Outlaws Late Model Series record for most wins in a single-season.
The previous single-season series record holder was Darrell Lanigan who took to The Dirt Track at Charlotte on Friday night and ran bumper-to-bumper with Richards for the majority of the race while they battled it out between the second and third positions.
“It was a hell of a race there at the end,” said Lanigan “We have a pretty good car there in the middle of the race and we got a little loose there coming off toward the end and Josh got by me on the restart – hats off to those guys they had good pieces too so we will come back tomorrow night and see if we can’t get something.”
With his fourth championship all but locked in, Richards looks to single-season wins record
CONCORD, N.C. – October 27, 2016 – For the first time ever, the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series Championship is all but locked in before the final event of the season, the Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals, which starts this afternoon and runs through Saturday. With a 270-point lead, Josh Richards need only sign in at the event to earn his fourth championship, a mark no full-time driver has ever met in the series. But that won’t stop him from trying to score a win, as he faces yet another challenge before him this weekend: to break the single-season wins record.
“I just love to race, and to be able to be in contention to win races. It’s been a dream season, to say the least,” said the Shinnston, W.V. driver, as he contemplated his 2016 season. “I could not be more thankful for everyone involved. You know, I never would have seen the season we had. It took some time but, really, it couldn’t have gone any smoother, and I couldn’t be happier with our success as a team. To see our guys have faith in us, and have new cars and go out and perform really well – that part is as rewarding.”
In 2013, Richards recorded an excellent season, winning a series championship with a then career-best 10 wins. He then took a leave of absence for race-related injuries in 2014.
All Roads lead to The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway as the 2016 Season Comes to a Close
CONCORD, N.C. – October 24, 2016- The most prestigious dirt racing event in the country, the Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals, returns for three days of heart-pounding, clay-slinging action on the lightning-fast, half-mile oval on October 27-29. The Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals brings together the top series in the sport, the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series and the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds, for a full weekend of racing culminating in the crowning of all three series champions.
Nearly 200 entries among the three premier World Racing Groups divisions are expected. Top drivers such as Donny Schatz, Daryn Pittman, Josh Richards, Shane Clanton, Matt Sheppard, Brett Hearn, Stewart Friesen and many, many more all look to add their names to the Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals trophies.
The opportunity to gain bragging rights from winning one of the largest dirt events in the world is not the only challenge of the weekend. There are a number of championship point standings battles up for grabs as the season comes to a close this weekend at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
Series leaps to Labor Day weekend for final PA stint
Steve Casebolt finishes a season-best second
ERIE, Pa. – August 14, 2016 – Josh Richards captured his 16th World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series win of the season Sunday night at Eriez Speedway. The win capped-off a dominant week for the Shinnston, W.V. driver.
The series traveled to four different states in four consecutive days for events at Delaware International Speedway (Del.), Potomac Speedway (Md.), Winchester Speedway (Va.) and Eriez Speedway (Pa.). In this stretch, Richards won three of four. Last season he managed to win three of those four shows as well. Incorporating the previous week, Richards won five of the last six, and broke Darrell Lanigan’s all-time wins record. With his win at Eriez, he increased that number to 74.
“The season has been a dream,” said Richards, who won the $10,000 purse. “I’m very fortunate to have the crew I have. Hopefully, we can continue [the dream season] into Michigan.”
Holds off a gaining Jason Covert late to the checkers
WINCHESTER, Va. – August 13, 2016 – Billy Moyer Jr. climbed out of his car Saturday night, standing over a wild crowd that witnessed his first ever World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series win at Winchester Speedway. Moyer’s moment in victory lane was one of overwhelming emotions – from letting out a huge battle cry to spraying the fans with a water bottle. This was a moment to cherish.
“This means a lot,” said Moyer, taking group shots with the dozens of children that met him at victory lane. “I’ve never won a national tour deal. I’ve won some Summer Nationals stuff but nothing like this. It’s a hell of a crowd up there, and I really appreciate them all for coming. I appreciate the kids coming down.”
Prior to the program, Moyer recorded three top five finishes with the series. He is currently leading the rookie of the year campaign, and the win extends his lead over the other two newcomers of the series. Moyer said he is not the most consistent driver, but to be able to ride this high is unimaginable. Moyer started in the front row for the 50-lap feature. It took him less than one lap to solidify the top spot.
Wins 15th feature of the season, three shy of single-season record
MECHANICSVILLE, Md. – August 12. 2016 – Josh Richards’ victory Friday night at Potomac Speedway was part of a greater whole. With the win, Richards stands alone up-top the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series all-time feature wins list.
By the numbers, Richards earned his 73rd win against a stout collection of drivers at the 3/8-mile oval. The victory was his fourth consecutive win, and it marked his 15th win of the season. While Richards reclaimed the all-time wins title from Darrell Lanigan, he also has his single season wins record in his cross-hairs. Lanigan made 17 trips to victory lane in 2014.
“This one is definitely special,” said Richards, also taking home the $10,000 purse. “We could definitely lose [the record] again, but right now to be up on top is really neat. We couldn’t be more thankful for the fans giving out their support and giving us a place to race. I couldn’t ask for more.”
Three series drivers finish on the podium
DELMAR, Del. – August 11, 2016 – Josh Richards pulled away from the field Thursday night, winning the Fulton Bank 50 at Delaware International Speedway by more than four seconds. The victory was Richards’ 14th, and with it, he earns the $10,000 purse.
Richards’ wins total this season stands three shy of tying Darrell Lanigan for most wins in a single season (17). Not only that, Richards tied Lanigan for most series wins all-time with 72. The win was Richards’ second consecutive trip to victory lane.
“That’s wild,” said Richards about tying the record, receiving a standing ovation from the crowd. “It’s been an incredible season. We’ve had so much fun. You see guys get on these rolls. You just don’t want to mess it up. I’m so blessed to be able to do what I do.”
Fairbury American Legion Speedway and Cedar Lake Speedway to host World of Outlaws in 2017
CONCORD, N.C. – August 8, 2016 – The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series will have two big-time events back on the schedule in 2017. The Prairie Dirt Classic at Fairbury American Legion Speedway (Ill.) and the USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway (Wisc.) have been added to the waning summer months of late-July and early-August.
The 28th-running of the Prairie Dirt Classic weekend will be held on July 28 and 29, 2017. The 1/4-mile, semi-banked clay oval has been a landing spot for the World of Outlaws since 2013. Race Director Matt Curl said the progress the event has made in that time is “huge.”
“We couldn’t be happier with the relationship we have with the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series,” Curl said. “From an unbelievable race in 2016, we look forward to continuing our relationship for the future.”
Jonathan Davenport recovers from early troubles for second
NEW RICHMOND, Wisc. – August 6, 2016 – Josh Richards won his second career USA Nationals finale Saturday night at Cedar Lake Speedway. The victory marked his 20th of the season (13th in the series) and 71st of his career in the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series – one win from tying for the all-time series record.
“I don’t know what to say… I’m speechless,” said Richards, winning the $50,000 purse. “I can’t thank everyone enough for coming out. This car has been so fun to drive. This is awesome.”
The caution-filled night began with the 100-lap feature’s first on lap 10. Jonathan Davenport, who started runner-up to Shane Clanton, suffered a flat right rear tire. It seemed “Superman” had found his Kryptonite, as he veered off into the pits. The other 30 cars moved-up for the restart; Richards and Mason Zeigler shared the podium with Clanton.
Shane Clanton to lead field into the green flag for Saturday’s 100-lap finale
NEW RICHMOND, Wisc. – August 5, 2016 – Jason Feger ran away with the FANSFund Dash Friday night at Cedar Lake Speedway. Feger started the day from qualifying toward the back of the pack to placing third in his heat. He heated up as the night went on, capitalizing when it mattered the most to win the $2,500 purse.
Feger led the 12-driver field into the green flag for the 12-lap shootout. Rookie of the Year contender Tyler Erb was to start 13th in the show, but mechanical issues prevented him from competing. Once the green flag waved the field in, the “High-side Hustler” did what he does best, rising to the top of the track with his No. 25F Cheap Cars/ Floyd’s Waste Systems Black Diamond racecar.
“It’s the fastest track we’ve been on all weekend,” said Feger, who took advantage of the track preparation before the race. “We were able to get to the top of the track there on the cushion, and it was pretty easy to run on. I just held it on the floor for 12 laps and made sure I didn’t jump over the berm.”
Joins Bill Balog as the only other first time winner, so far, in 2016
NEW RICHMOND, Wisc. – July 8, 2016 – It was not easy but Logan Schuchart did what he had to Friday night at Cedar Lake Speedway to score his first career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory as he battled past Joey Saldana and held off Donny Schatz to win the FVP Outlaws at Cedar Lake.
Schuchart, who started the feature on the front row with Shane Stewart, jumped out to the lead early but succumbed to Joey Saldana’s charge on a lap seven restart. Schuchart battled back as the two drivers worked their way through traffic and despite strong advances from Donny Schatz late, Schuchart held tough.
“I’m proud of our team. We’ve gotten close a couple of times and I can tell the disappointment when we come back,” Schuchart said. “I told everybody, ‘we’re going to get one of these after a while.’ You know how hard it is racing with the Outlaws and how difficult it is every night, but I believed we were going to get it done and sooner or later it was going to start clicking.
Brett Hearn has improbably come from behind win in the Super DIRTcar Series as Sheppard and Richards take home the ‘Big Gators’
BARBERVILLE, Fla. – Feb. 20, 2016 – It was a close call but Shane Clanton scored his second World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series victory of the 2016 season on Saturday night during the DIRTcar Nationals finale at Volusia Speedway Park.
It was the winner of the previous two nights, Josh Richards, who was the class of the field early, leading 45 laps of the 50 lap feature. Clanton charged through the field as Jonathan Davenport tried to get around Richards. As the feature reached its mid-point Davenport began to fade as Clanton and Scott Bloomquist hit their stride. Clanton took over second on lap 34 and ten laps later battled past Richards in lapped traffic for the lead.
As the feature drew to a close, Bloomquist found a way around Richards and in the final turn of the final lap, Bloomquist drag-raced Clanton to the finish. It was Clanton by a fender.